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The Top 71 Events in Portland This Week: Apr 18-24, 2022

Portland Pizza Week, Dave Chappelle, and More Top Picks
April 18, 2022
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Stoners, you've been training for this one—the time has come to blaze up and stuff yourself with as many slices of 'za as you can during Portland Pizza Week.  (Straight From New York Pizza)
Hey besties, hope you've filed your taxes—today is Tax Day! Once you've done that, celebrate or commiserate with a different sort of green on 4/20. On Friday, the trifecta of green occasions will be rounded out with Earth Day. You won't miss a thing thanks to this roundup, with events from Portland Pizza Week to Snail Mail and from Dave Chappelle to Roxane Gay.


Although
Oregon’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.


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MONDAY

FILM

In the Mood for Love in 35mm Add to a List
Wong Kar-wai's masterful romance is set in '60s Hong Kong, where a lonely married journalist meets a similarly isolated woman. When the two realize that their respective partners are cheating on them, they form an intimate bond and wrestle with the allure of a sordid affair. Christopher Doyle's vivid cinematography helped cement In the Mood for Love as a major stylistic influence on the last 20 years of film.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

The Gleaners and I Add to a List
Agnès Varda's sweet, idiosyncratic late-career doc The Gleaners and I follows foragers of all forms, from trashcan diggers to oyster scavengers. In a way, Varda is a gleaner herself, gathering images and ideas that many wouldn't give a second glance.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

MUSIC

Cannons Add to a List
Indie electro-pop quartet Cannons keeps disco alive with their dreamy future boogie magic. The vibe of the latest album, Fever Dream, is rollerskating, soft-focus photography, metallic eye shadow…You get the picture.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

DakhaBrakha Add to a List
Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha reframes classic Balkan music by utilizing traditional Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian instruments to reflect the "fundamental elements of sound, soul, and 'ethno-chaos.'" 
(Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton)

The Brian Jonestown Massacre with Mercury Rev Add to a List
San Francisco-based psych-rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre are to thank for the booming wave of neo-psychedelia to follow their shoegaze-tinged 1995 debut, Methodrone. Though the band has gone through over 40 members and released almost two dozen albums since its start, their singular vision of keeping psych-rock alive lives on. Longtime New York-based indie rockers Mercury Rev will get the ball rolling.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

READINGS & TALKS

Ocean Vuong in Conversation With Jia Tolentino Add to a List
Ocean Vuong made waves in the literary world in 2019 with On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, an epistolary novel reflecting on loss, memory, and family; he's also an award-winning poet whose collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds won the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2017. Vuong will discuss his new poetry book, Time Is A Mother, in conversation with famed writer and cultural commentator Jia Tolentino.
(Virtual via Powell's Books)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Gay Skate Night Add to a List
Show off all your sweet roller skating moves at this fun night hosted by Cascade AIDS Project in honor of National Trans HIV Testing Day. There will be free HIV testing, snacks, and entry for the first 350 people.
(Oaks Park Skating Rink, Sellwood)

TUESDAY

MUSIC

Alice Cooper with Buckcherry Add to a List
Alice Cooper was a hard-rock band that formed in the mid-1960s before becoming the stage name of their makeup wearing-frontman. Now nearly 60 years later, Alice is still rocking stages around the world with his theatrical "shock-rock," jamming his classic teenage anthems like "Eighteen" and "School's Out," while spraying fake blood and pulling spooky stage antics. Hard rockers Buckcherry will start off the night, singing their hits about fraught relationships like "Crazy Bitch" and "Sorry" (you get the idea).
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Pabllo Vittar Add to a List
International pop star and drag queen Pabllo Vittar has received a Latin Grammy nomination, the title of "next generation leader" by TIME Magazine, and is at this point the most followed drag queen on Instagram, surpassing RuPaul by more than 8 million followers. Witness the megastar as you dance along to her electronic Brazilian pop bangers off her latest album, Batidão Tropical. 
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

READINGS & TALKS

Emily St. John Mandel in Conversation With Omar El Akkad at Powells Add to a List
Emily St. John Mandel's immersive, layered storytelling journeys from Vancouver Island to a future moon colony in Sea of Tranquility, her latest novel. As her characters encounter pandemics across centuries and space, St. John Mandel's imaginative, tender style tells a timely tale of human perseverance. Mandel will be joined in conversation by Omar El Akkad, whose Giller Prize-winning novel What Strange Paradise follows a young Syrian boy on an unfamiliar island.
(Powell's City of Books, Pearl District)

Science Pub Portland: Seismology with your Ears: Listening to Patterns in Tectonic, Volcanic, and Human-induced Earthquakes Add to a List
What are seismic waves, and how can they help us understand earthquakes? This edition of OMSI's Science Pub will share short animations of sonified seismic waves to illustrate the intricate patterns of natural tectonic and volcanic earthquakes. Dr. Ben Holtzman, a geophysicist at Columbia University, will lead the talk. 
(McMenamins Kennedy School, Concordia)

WEDNESDAY

COMEDY

Dave Chappelle Add to a List
Award-winning funny man Dave Chappelle returns with another round of laugh-out-loud cultural observations. Dave's no stranger to offensive comments, so we hope he shares more thoughtful, well-considered reflections for this performance.
(Moda Center, Lloyd District)

FILM

Church of Film: The Tall Shadows of The Wind Add to a List
Based on a chilling short story by Houshang Golshiri, this rare treasure from the Iranian New Wave blends surrealism, political allegory, and folk horror with the tale of a potentially supernatural scarecrow. The Tall Shadow of the Winds was swiftly banned after its post-Iranian Revolution release. 
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

MUSIC

Earthgang with Mike Dimes and Pigeons & Planes Add to a List
Atlanta hip-hop duo EarthGang keep the spirit of dirty south rap alive with their clever flows, southern soul infusion, and psychedelic eccentricity. The pair will support their new album, Ghetto Gods, with opening sets from hip-hop vagabond Mike Dimes and Pigeons & Planes.
(Crystal Ballroom, West End)

EAZYBAKED + VCTRE Add to a List
Electronic duo EAZYBAKED, consisting of childhood friends Eric Ray and Andrew Principe, will soundtrack your 420 with their captivating raw bass beats. Fellow producer VCTRE will start off the night with his textural electronic tunes.
(45 East, Central Eastside)

Leo Islo, New Body Electric, and Minka Add to a List
Light up this 4/20 with laid-back dance jams supplied by producer/singer-songwriter Leo Islo alongside danceable electropop duo New Body Electric and funk-synth band Minka.
(Cruzroom Annex, Concordia)

Madam Golong, Tha Jewler, and Uneekint Add to a List
Get high off of the soulful sounds of vocalist/drummer Madame Golong's one-woman band known for electrifying performances and a high-energy psych-rock sound. Hip-hop artists Tha Jewler and Uneekint will get the night started.
(Goodfoot, Kerns)

Music for 4/20 Add to a List
There is no better time to "roll up" to PICA than 4/20, with an immersive performance of Steve Reich's modern classical masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians accompanied by some trippy light installations. Plus, audience members of age will receive a complimentary voucher to redeem at local dispensaries Serra or Electric Lettuce.
(PICA, Eliot)

Northwest Cannafest with Petty Fever, Grand Royale, Erotic City, and Smokus Pocus Add to a List
Arrive at 4:20 on the dot for an evening of tribute groups conveniently located across the street from Northwest Cannabis Company. Expect to sing your heart out with performances by Tom Petty jammers Petty Fever, Prince tribute group Erotic City, and the Beastie Boys cover band Grand Royal. Also, look out for THC fueled magician Smokus Pocus, who will blow your mind with his dope tricks.
(At The Garages, Raleigh West)

Rina Sawayama - The Dynasty Tour Add to a List
Fresh off the release of her Dirty Hit-issued debut album, Sawayama, and Charli XCX collab “Beg for You,” the Japanese-born, London-based singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama brings her eclectic blend of mainstream pop, R&B, and nu-metal to town as part of her Dynasty tour. "Comme des Garçons," she's so confident.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

PERFORMANCE

4/20 Cabaret Add to a List
This talent-packed variety show is a cannabis celebration. A diverse cast, including Nissa Moore Spoons, Kiwi Littlebird, and Bettie Mae Minsky, will light up the stage with weed-themed performances.
(The Big Legrowlski, Pearl District)

READINGS & TALKS

Oregon Book Awards Finalists Reading: Fiction and Poetry Add to a List
Fiction and poetry lovers won't want to miss this roundup of the 2022 Oregon Book Award Finalists for the Ken Kesey Award in Fiction and the Stafford/Hall Award in Poetry, including Omar El Akkad, Emily Kendal Frey, Zachary Schomburg, and Dao Strom. Readings by finalists will be followed by an audience Q&A.
(Literary Arts, West End)

Roxane Gay: With One N Add to a List
Fiercely opinionated and courageous, Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic with a long list of accomplishments—her sharp exploration of modern gender politics, Bad Feminist, was followed by a bestselling memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and a graphic novel, The Sacrifice of Darkness. The first Black woman to write for Marvel, Gay's World of Wakanda was set within the Black Panther universe.
(Tiffany Center, Goose Hollow)

WEED

Doug Benson Add to a List
Doug Benson is no stranger to the devil's lettuce—he's best known for his weed-centric content, like films Super High Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled, and Chronic-Con: Episode 420. He'll spark up with more stoner comedy at this special 4/20 performance.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)

PUFNSTUF Add to a List
Ah, PUFNSTUF: a perfectly trancey, blissed-out tale of a boy transported to a magic land by blowing on a weird flute. (Happy 4/20!) This 1970 film adaptation of the truly bonkers television show H. R. Pufnstuf features legendary songstress "Mama" Cass Elliot as Witch Hazel.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

THURSDAY

MUSIC

Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin: Stygian Bough Add to a List
Seattle doom metal duo Bell Witch are known for their droney mystical songs which are uniquely performed without the addition of a guitar. On their latest album Stygian Bough Volume I, the pair teamed up with dark folk songsmith Aerial Ruin for a beautifully haunting collection of acoustic-heavy doom-metal.
(Mississippi Studios, Boise)

Buddy Guy with Tom Hambridge Add to a List
Iconic blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Buddy Guy will roll through town supporting his aptly named album, The Blues Is Alive and Well. Three-time Grammy winner and country-rock magnate Tom Hambridge will get things started.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Shwayze with Wes Walker Add to a List
You may remember Shwayze for his 2008 laid-back radio-friendly anthems "Corona And Lime" and "Buzzin'." Since the glory days of patterned skinny jeans, the rapper has continued to churn out smooth tracks to soundtrack your summer vacation, as evidenced by his 2019 album, Beach Boy. Catch him after an opening set from fellow chillcore rapper Wes Walker.
(Star Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Sunbathe, Phone Voice, and Horse Pills Add to a List
This show at venue/record shop Turn! Turn! Turn! is also a birthday show for Maggie Morris (of bands like Youth and Genders), whose solo project Sunbathe will be performing with a full band for the first time in almost a year. Support for the night’s bill comes from bedroom/lo-fi/indie rock act Phone Voice, fronted by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Chitra Subrahmanyam, who’ll no-doubt be playing tracks from their 2021 project Cradle Tape. There will also be rowdy outlaw country tunes from four-piece Horse Pills, fronted by vocalist Hailey Holden. The event will also provide an opportunity to check out how the TTT venue has improved under its recent new ownership, and concert-goers can get a taste of the gathering space’s new food options, like rice and black bean bowls. JENNI MOORE
(Turn! Turn! Turn!, Humboldt)

The Dip Add to a List
Seattle soul revivalists The Dip will dip down south to Portland with special guest Kiltro.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot)

READINGS & TALKS

2021/22 Portland Arts and Lectures: Richard Powers Add to a List
Richard Powers's Pulitzer-winning work The Overstory takes on the weighty topic of ecological destruction through nine narratives of connection to trees. Now, the prolific author returns with Bewilderment, a New York Times bestseller told through the eyes of an astrobiologist and his troubled young son.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

Science Pub Portland: From South Africa to Southern Alabama: Connecting History and Archaeology Add to a List
This edition of Science Pub takes a deep dive into the South African apartheid system, systemic racism in southern Alabama, and the transoceanic slave trade through the lens of the São José Paquete de Africa and Clotilda slave shipwrecks. Portland's anti-apartheid movement in the '80s and early '90s will be discussed, too.
(Empirical Theater at OMSI, Central Eastside)

Sueyeun Juliette Lee Reading Add to a List
Denver-based poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee will read from her new book, Aerial Conclave Without Cloud, at this free event. Raised by immigrant Korean orphans and war survivors, Lee's poetry often contemplates homeland and identity.
(Portland State University, South Park Blocks)

FRIDAY

EARTH DAY

Every Day is Earth Day Add to a List
Join "Earth's coolest PR company" Making Earth Cool for this all-day celebration in honor of our precious home. The event, which will include activities, speakers, live music, a "funeral procession for the Earth," a screening of Earth-themed short films, and a dance party, will raise funds for the Sunrise PDX offshoot community organization Youth Vs. ODOT.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

COMEDY

Ms. Pat Add to a List
Comedian, writer, and podcaster Patricia Williams (aka Ms. Pat) started out as a struggling single mom in Atlanta. The raw comic's meteoric rise led her from small stand-up sets to her own BET+ sitcom, The Ms. Pat Show. Her autobiography, Rabbit, was nominated for an NAACP Award; hopefully, she'll share more candid reflections on her fascinating life in this performance.
(Helium Comedy Club, Hosford-Abernethy)

Whitney Cummings: Touch Me Tour Add to a List
For the aptly-named Touch Me tour, Whitney Cummings ponders the power of touch after a long period of isolation. The performance promises witty reflections on COVID and the cultural zeitgeist. Catch Whitney alongside the Foo Fighters in the recently-released Studio 666, too.
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, South Park Blocks)

MUSIC

Blitzen Trapper Add to a List
Hometown heroes Blitzen Trapper will stop by to support their 2020 album, Holy Smokes Future Jokes, a cosmic exploration into the human experience. The night promises exquisite storytelling, sharp imagery, and the band's signature eclectic country-folk-rock sound.
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

Tech N9ne: AsinN9ne Tour Add to a List
Legendary rapper Tech N9ne will stop by with his ASIN9NE Tour, in support of his twenty-third (!) studio album after Missouri-based rapper Joey Cool, collaborator X-Raided, and Miami hip-hop trio ¡Mayday!
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

PERFORMANCE

The Tesla City Stories Add to a List
Each month, Tesla City Stories offers an ultra-unique night out featuring live "radio" drama straight from the '40s-era archives of the fictional Tesla City. April's programming includes episodes ofpulpy heist story The Wilde Card Mysteries and soap opera Nightingale of the Broken Heart. Part performance art, part pop archeology, this inventive event also includes live music and prizes.
(The Old Church, Downtown)

SATURDAY

EARTH DAY

Earth Day Circus Add to a List
Get your hands in the dirt at Boise Eliot Native Grove, an "ultra-urban environmental-restoration community pocket park" in North Portland. In celebration of Earth Day, a morning work party will be followed by free performances from jugglers, aerialists, and magicians.
(Boise Eliot Native Grove, Boise)

COMEDY

A Night of Irish Comedy & Storytelling with Dave Nihill Add to a List
Irish-born comic Dave Nihill draws from his vast international experiences—he's been to 70 countries, and lived in 12—to reflect on cultural norms, drinking sessions, and his life as a slightly confused US immigrant. Nihill's unconventional rise to comedy fame began when he crashed festivals and comedy clubs, pretending to be a successful comic named "Irish Dave." We hope to see more of Nihill's enterprising spirit, and hear that cool accent, in this performance.
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Paula Poundstone Add to a List
To know her is to love her—Paula Poundstone's clever, shrewd humor is the stuff of legend. With a successful podcast, regular airtime on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, a brand-new comedy album, and decades of humor writing and stand-up under her belt, Poundstone's gift for wry observation is a force to be reckoned with. 
(Revolution Hall, Buckman)

MUSIC

Car Seat Headrest Add to a List
Seattle indie-rockers Car Seat Headrest began as a solitary project of frontman Will Toledo in 2010, who self-released a whopping ten albums throughout his college career. Now on Making A Door Less Open, their second album as a full four-piece band, the quartet continues to experiment with their sound by incorporating buzzing electronics and taking on alternate personas.
(Roseland Theater, Old Town-Chinatown)

Devault with DJ Backalley Add to a List
Electronic troubadour Devault bridges the gap between nostalgic and contemporary with his goth-club-ready bops that take inspiration from new wave legends Depeche Mode and electro-dance saints Daft Punk. He will be joined by like-minded DJ Backalley.
(Holocene, Buckman)

Lady Sings the Blues: A Tribute to Billie Holiday Add to a List
Vocalists LaRhonda Steele, Danielle M. Barker, Arietta Ward, Anandi, Emily Wilder, and Marcia Hocker will come together to pay tribute to "the lady in satin" Billie Holiday by performing her legendary jazz hits.
(Alberta Rose Theatre, Concordia)

Marisa Anderson Add to a List
Portland guitarist Marisa Anderson will share her tranquil take on acoustic roots and folk music inspired by 20th-century classical and West African guitar techniques. She will be joined by indie dream pop duo Shady Cove and ambient audio-visual project Amulets.
(Polaris Hall, Humboldt)

PERFORMANCE

Jefferson Dancers Add to a List
Did you know that Portland’s own Jefferson High School boasts a nationally renowned dance team? The Jefferson Dancers will showcase their skills in this annual spring performance featuring diverse dancers aged 14-18.
(Newmark Theatre, South Park Blocks)

SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

Vinyl Burlesque: An All-Retro Records Revue Add to a List
DJ Jasmine Rain and her retro vinyl record collection will be at Dig-A-Pony to "spin tassels and tunes together again" during this evening of "sauciness, sophistication, intelligence and sexiness." Craft cocktails and comfort food from Stevens Italiano will round out the experience.
(Dig A Pony, Central Eastside)

MULTI-DAY

FOOD & DRINK

Portland Pizza Week 2022 Add to a List
The Portland Mercury’s Pizza Week is returning in 2022 to team up with Portland's best pizza purveyors to offer amazing, delicious, $3 slices (or $20 whole pies) to the masses! With tons of restaurants and bars taking part, you’ll never be far from your next slice, and your week—nay, your life—will be all the better for it. Get excited.
(Various locations, Monday-Sunday)

FESTIVALS

41st Annual Northwest Cherry Festival Add to a List
Celebrate all things pertaining to the juicy fruit with an open-air market, the "largest parade in the Gorge," a classic car show, artist open studios, live music, and more. Eagle-eyed attendees can hunt for hidden cherries as part of this year's festival theme “I Spy The Dalles.”
(The Dalles, Friday-Sunday)

38th Annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Add to a List
Gazing at 40 acres of tulips lined up in orderly rows against the majestic backdrop of Mount Hood never gets old. In previous years at least, the traffic tends to be pretty bad on weekends, but it’s worth the wait if your eyes are starved for color after a dull, gray winter. Peak blooms are expected to come in early to mid-April, AKA NOW!
(Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Monday-Sunday)

MUSIC

The Magnetic Fields Add to a List
Stephin Merritt sounds like a hunchback singing Cole Porter songs from a bell tower in the city of true romance, and I love him every second for it. He and his Magnetic Fields have made a career out of stress-testing the diamond-cut pop song. They distort the fuck out of it, dunk it in irony, sandblast it with spite—and yet each one comes out gleaming and impossible to resist. The songs work every time because their pleasures—witty rhymes and arrangements, beginning-middle-end storytelling—are ancient. RICH SMITH
(Aladdin Theater, Brooklyn, Tuesday-Wednesday)

Snail Mail with The Goon Sax Add to a List
Indie-rock prodigy Snail Mail will play songs off of her 2021 album, Valentine, which pushes beyond the tropes of the consumerist holiday and into an honest account of the different stages of disarray found in romance through her unmatched wit and pop sensibilities. The night of indie magic will start off with a set from Australian pop trio The Goon Sax.
(Wonder Ballroom, Eliot, Friday-Saturday)

FILM

Everything Everywhere All at Once Add to a List
From directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka "The Daniels," this boggling blend of action, sci-fi, and comedy begins with an unlikely hero: an overworked laundromat owner struggling with her taxes. Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn, multiverse explorer, martial arts aficionado, and world saver.
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District, Monday-Thursday)

PERFORMANCE

100 Keyboards Add to a List
Japanese sound artist Asuna shares this installation and performance considering the phenomenon of interference sound. 100 keyboards will play a sustained note, weaving a layered "moiré of sound." Moving through the space, audiences will notice variations in aural patterns that form a complicated resonance.
(PICA, Eliot, Friday-Saturday)

The Children Add to a List
This frighteningly timely look at the realities of climate change follows retired nuclear physicists Robin and Hazel, who live a meager existence without electricity or potable water. When an old colleague makes a disturbing proposal, they are faced with a deep ethical dilemma, and begin to question their responsibility to future generations.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Cause Cabaret: Natural Resources Defense Council Add to a List
This Earth Day cabaret features dancing, comedy, and live music for an admirable cause—they're raising funds for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a planet-protecting advocacy group of scientists, lawyers, and activists worldwide. Enter the Cause Cabaret raffle and you might leave with an environmentally friendly gift basket.
(Back Door Theater, Sunnyside, Friday-Saturday)

Clue: An Unscripted Mystery Add to a List
Clue: An Unscripted Mystery puts an improvisational twist on the classic whodunnit of board game and movie fame. Six house guests, one victim, and only the killer knows the truth. Audience suggestions will help shape the trajectory of this fun, interactive mystery.
(Funhouse Lounge, Hosford-Abernethy, Thursday-Saturday)

Don't Hug Me Add to a List
This Fargoesque musical comedy follows the trail of a greasy karaoke salesman who's making waves in the chilly small town of Bunyan Bay. LA Weekly deemed the show "terrifically silly."
(Broadway Rose New Stage Theatre, Tigard, Thursday-Sunday)

Freestyle Love Supreme Add to a List
Predating the phenomena of Hamilton and In the Heights, Broadway performance Freestyle Love Supreme is a Tony Award-winning show that combines hip-hop, comedy, and crowd improvisation to create a completely unexpected experience. Created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale, Freestyle Love Supreme is never the same show twice.
(Portland Center Stage, Pearl District, Wednesday-Sunday)

Hamilton Add to a List
Smash-hit Hamilton meldship-hop, jazz, and R&B in an unprecedented take on one of American history's key figures. Based on Ron Chernow's lauded biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton, this revolutionary musical penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda has become a household name, winning Tony and Grammy awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
(Keller Auditorium, Downtown, Monday-Sunday)

EXHIBIT

The World of Leonardo da Vinci Add to a List
This inventive exhibition brings da Vinci's creative pursuits in engineering and visual art to life. View authentic folios from the Codex Atlanticus up close, as well as replicas of da Vinci's designs for boats, flying machines, musical instruments, and more. After seeing the exhibition, stop by The Inventor's Workshop, a play space encouraging experimentation with portraiture and machinery.
(OMSI, Central Eastside, Tuesday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

Banksyland Add to a List
Immerse yourself in Banksy's strange, elusive world with this touring exhibit, which features over 100 of the mysterious artist's works, including never-before-seen installations, salvaged street art, and original studio pieces.
(The Factor Building, Central Eastside, Monday-Sunday)

Barbara Sternberger: Emanating Add to a List
Barbara Sternberger's new series of abstract paintings channels "pure expression," attempting to embody utter immersion and avoid any predetermined aesthetic decisions. Layers of accumulated mark-making give Sternberger's works a palimpsest quality; barely-visible traces of past imagery reveal the story behind each composition.
(Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Pearl District, Tuesday-Saturday; opening)

Corporeal Gestures - An International Exhibition of Contemporary Collage Add to a List
This exhibition of 100 collage artists across 21 countries was organized by local maker Clive Knights. Artists were asked to respond to the nine “muses” of breathing, nourishing, sleeping, discharging waste, procreating, resisting the earth’s pull, communicating, aging, and dying, resulting in a densely layered response to the experience of being alive.
(PSU's Shattuck Hall, Southwest Portland, Monday-Friday)

Dan Lam: Personal Legend Add to a List
In college, Dan Lam was told by a professor that her work was "too pretty." The artist now explores the notion of excessive beauty through globular clouds, vibrant bubbles and drips, and translucent embryonic forms, using foam, acrylic, and resin to bring life to her trippy vision. Like colorful aliens, Lam's sculptures are both alluring and repulsive at once, challenging the viewer's notions of desire and disgust.
(Stephanie Chefas Projects, Buckman, Thursday-Saturday)

Eksod Add to a List
This pop-up show by TV and film sound recordist J. Fernando Valls illustrates Balkan landscapes and Albanian ways of life through photography, printmaking, and field recordings. Described as a "short film where cinematography is replaced with visual art," the installation is housed in an open-air structure on the waterfront, presenting an intimate perspective of one Albanian’s journey toward emigration to the United States.
(Zidell Yards, South Waterfront, Monday-Sunday)

I Am an American Add to a List
Hate crimes targeting Asian Americans are on the rise—if you don't know about it, you haven't been paying attention. In collaboration with Portland photographer Jim Lommasson and artist Roberta Wong, The Immigrant Story presents this exhibition of photographs, objects, and artwork to bring awareness to the current experiences of Asian Americans. The show's title, I Am An American, became a rallying cry after Japanese Americans were imprisoned in internment camps in WWII. While trends of xenophobia and discrimination continue, this exhibition speaks to the endurance of strength of Asian Americans in the face of generations of adversity.
(PLACE, Nob Hill, Monday-Friday; opening)

Kablooey! Reimagining the Self Add to a List
Kablooey! Reimagining the Self considers identity through conceptual and theoretical frameworks, exploring selfhood in varying artistic mediums. The exhibiting artists, including Maria Guzmán Capron and Wayne Hodge, seek to reimagine their own representation in an open-minded, accepting space.
(Elisabeth Jones Art Center, Pearl District, Monday-Friday)

Melissa Ann Pinney: Signals & Mysteries: Photographs from Chicago Public Schools Add to a List
Melissa Ann Pinney's Signals & Mysteries honors the current challenges of Chicago Public School students and celebrates their potential futures. Pinney's portraits of the Chicago teens were informed by the many forces currently impacting their world, including the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, gun violence, and more. The photographer sought to challenge her own privilege within the supremacist politics of public schools, and along the way, found many small moments worth immortalizing in this series of photographs: hairstyles and makeup, t-shirt imagery, and childhood totems.
(Blue Sky Gallery, Northwest Portland, Wednesday-Saturday)

Painters Painting Add to a List
Curator Melanie Flood presents fresh, energizing artworks for this spring show. Painters Painting, loosely inspired by the 1973 documentary of the same title, features works by buzzy artists like⁣ Martha Daghlian⁣, Rose Dickson⁣, John Houck, and Sarah Wertzberger.
(Melanie Flood Projects, Southwest Portland, Friday-Saturday; closing)

To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults Add to a List
Photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabre have traveled the country for over five years to research and document the stories of trans and gender non-conforming older adults. Their resulting exhibition shines a light on the struggles and triumphs this underrepresented group has experienced, offering both a thoughtful, nuanced perspective and a robust historical record.
(Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Downtown, Tuesday-Saturday)

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